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Crosstown connection

Eagles, Bulldogs to battle Friday
By: Brett Ransford Telegraph Correspondent
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Two teams leading their respective leagues will meet in the second annual Crosstown Cup at Folsom High’s Prairie City Stadium. After a three-year break, the Crosstown Cup will return on Friday. The match marks the second time in four years Folsom and Vista del Lago high schools will hash it out for the city’s girls’ soccer bragging rights. Alyssa Jara led Folsom to a 2-1 victory in February of 2009, scoring the game-winner unassisted as a freshman playing on the varsity team. Along with Paige Harrison, Allison Hart and MacKenzie Moreno the Bulldogs enter the cup with all the confidence a three-year break adds to a win. “I’m going to try my best to get a couple goals in to start my team off and bring the intensity,” Jara said. “This game is going to be really fun and exciting to play. It’s a rivalry game so no mercy.” The four former freshmen returned to Folsom’s squad this season. Coach Mike McBride’s team is an undefeated 3-0-1 on top of the Delta River League. “Last year was the first time that Folsom hadn’t made the playoffs in many years,” McBride said. “This year is a different team. I don’t really know what to expect from Vista except that they will be a strong team loaded with great players.” Vista coach Joe Esfandiary said he was surprised at how quickly his team has come together on and off the field. The Eagles are also unbeaten at 6-0-2 in the Sierra Valley Conference. They’ve made a mockery of their league, winning by five or more goals in three games with a scoring margin of 33-11 in six games. Daniela Davis was a freshman playing for Vista’s varsity team in the previous cup loss. She said she thinks Vista is the underdog going in, but the match will be decided by who shows up wanting to win. “I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the excitement of the crowd, but I think this year will be a lot more exciting because most of us have friends on the Folsom team,” Davis said. “I expect a tough match. They are definitely a very good team.” Davis could find herself face-to-face staring at a goal opportunity against Folsom’s goalkeeper, Allison Hart, who she has played club soccer with for the last two years. She also said she’s been playing with Folsom’s Jenny Hackelman since they were 10 years old. Rest assured there will be plenty to fight for on Friday night. Crosstown Cup What: Vista del Lago vs. Folsom When: JV game, 6 p.m. Varsity, 8 p.m., Friday Where: Prairie City Stadium, Folsom High Cost: $5, no ASB cards Vendors: Kettle Kreations, Jamba Juice, La Rosa Blanca